Becoming Black Political Subjects: Movements and Ethno-Racial Rights in Colombia and Brazil
After decades of denying racism and underplaying cultural diversity, Latin American states began adopting transformative ethno-racial legislation in the late 1980s. In addition to symbolic recognition of indigenous peoples and black populations, governments in the region created a more pluralistic model of citizenship and made significant reforms in the areas of land, health, education, and development policy. Becoming Black Political Subjects explores this shift from color blindness to ethno-racial legislation in two of the most important cases in the region: Colombia and Brazil. Drawing on archival and ethnographic research, Tianna Paschel shows how, over a short period, black movements and their claims went from being marginalized to become institutionalized into the law, state bureaucracies, and mainstream politics. The strategic actions of a small group of black activists–working in the context of domestic unrest and the international community’s growing interest in ethno-racial issues–successfully brought about change. Paschel also examines the consequences of these reforms, including the institutionalization of certain ideas of blackness, the reconfiguration of black movement organizations, and the unmaking of black rights in the face of reactionary movements. Becoming Black Political Subjects offers important insights into the changing landscape of race and Latin American politics and provokes readers to adopt a more transnational and flexible understanding of social movements.
About the Author
Tianna S. Paschel is assistant professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Out of stock
This book was first published in Chinese by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce in 1999. This is the English edition, released to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. More than 300 photographs complement this collection of essays, interviews and documents in this commemorative volume. Inspiring, moving and often grim, this book portrays life in Singapore before and after the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945), and serves as a reminder to young Singaporeans of the immense sacrifices that had been by the men and women who came before them.
“… they all beheld a strange animal. It seemed to move with great speed; it had a red body and a black haed; its breast was white; it was strong and active in build…”
And thus began the legacy of the mysteries of old Singapore – the legendary rajahs that ruled the island, the patriotism and treachery enacted in the place atop Fort Canning Hill, the aura surronging Redhill, Radin Mas, Kusu and Sisters Islands, and many more.
You will feel a sense of reverence and awe you witness the events that have helped shape the majestic character of our nation!
History is always fascinating with the rise and fall of kingdoms and dynasties, the twists and turns of events, and the triumphs and tragedies of the individual. Asiapac Books is launching the “History Express” series to enhance the understanding of our civilisation in an enjoyable way. Participants of this journey into history will gain deeper insight into today’s world. Chinese History presents an easy-to-read record of imperial China, from the little-known Xia, Shang and Zhou Dynasties (2070-771 BC), to the Qing Dynasty (AD 1644-1911). It will help you to comprehend and interpret China’s history in its proper context, plus provide vivid illustrations, and questions and answers to enhance your appreciation of great people and happenings. In short, you get Chinese history in a nutshell – or should we say, at your fingertips?
This exemplary work of international collaboration takes a comparative approach to the histories of Northeast and Southeast Asia, with contributions from scholars from Japan, Korea and the Englishspeaking academic world. The new scholarship represented by this volume demonstrates that the vast and growing commercial interactions between the countries of eastern Asia have long historical roots. The so-called “opening” to Western trade in the mid-nineteenth century, which is typically seen as the beginning of this process, is shown to be rather the reversal of a relatively temporary phase of state consolidation in the long eighteenth century.